One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Not feeling shame or regret about one's actions or attitudes.‘impenitent elitists’
unrepentant, unrepenting, without regret, without remorse, uncontrite, remorseless, unremorseful, shameless, unashamed, unblushing, unapologetic, unabashed, brazen, consciencelessView synonyms
- ‘To think and speak of that day with horror doth well become the impenitent sinner, but ill the believing saint.’
- ‘The Lords and Commons repent, but the clergy remain impenitent, are exposed, and the malefactors brought to the scaffold.’
- ‘Will you die in your sins and go to hell like the impenitent robber?’
- ‘Michelle, her actor daughter, is impenitent in unloading the truth about her high society mother who denies her Quebecois roots.’
- ‘In the end it is the feeling of incongruity that persists, something obstinate and impenitent and a sense that nobody quite knows what to do about it.’
- ‘But six years later he was arrested again, this time under charges of impenitent heresy, and was burnt at the stake in 1596, at the age of thirty.’
- ‘He is also assured, brilliant, and impenitent, often justifying appalling military actions.’
- ‘It is not to pretend the impenitent person is penitent.’
- ‘The impenitent and unbelieving will be ‘outside’ for ever.’
- ‘But there is no folly like that of the impenitent child of the world.’
- ‘But apparently the real purpose of the Mass is to provide a setting in which we feel comfortable with our impenitent persistence in grave sin.’
- ‘‘Everything is blessing to the elect,’ he stated, ‘but nothing is blessing to the impenitent unbeliever outside Christ.’’
- ‘It is he who, now discovered, remains impenitent.’
- ‘Once condemned and in prison awaiting execution, Peter received visits from local ministers eager to prevent him from meeting death impenitent.’
- ‘If he does not confess he is at a loss, then he is an impenitent who will not admit his sins.’
Late Middle English: from ecclesiastical Latin impaenitent- ‘not repenting’, from Latin in- ‘not’ + paenitere ‘repent’.
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